The first official test for the MotoGP boys is in the books, and it was a good test for Suzuki. Chris Vermulen is starting a video blog and talks about the test in this video.
In a stop in Sydney Australia for a Top Gear Live appearance, Jeremy Clarkson confirmed that Top Gear America would not be going forward. It is a pretty good clip with some of the usual stuff you'd expect from Clarkson and Hammond.
I'm torn about this. In some ways I'm sad that we won't have our own version of the show, in other ways, I'm happy because the chances of the show not being totally screwed up for America TV were pretty slim.
Anyway, enjoy this.
Don't book this one as permanent feature, though I think it will be, but going forward I think we will try to feature some older two wheeled action that sticks out at us.
For the first installment we will head to Ireland, circa 1989 where we see a TZ250 do battle with an RC30 Honda and a RGV500. If you were a fan of the original Formula USA series, a real "run what you brung" series where 500GP bikes went up against GSXR 1100's running on methanol to Turbocharged CBR900RR's then you'll love this. The great Chris Carter is the lead announcer. Thanks to Graham over on the COMPoST list for finding these!
You won't see a lot of press releases here, but this is a big one that everyone has been wondering about
AMERICAN SUZUKI TO RACE AMA SUPERBIKE SERIES
American Suzuki Motor Corporation announced today that the Rockstar Makita Suzuki Racing team will compete in the AMA Pro Racing Superbike series for 2009.
After extensive discussions with AMA Pro Racing, American Suzuki has received
clarification of the AMA rules that will see the Suzuki GSX-R1000 on the racing grid beginning with the opening round in Daytona, Florida in March.
Road racing is an important activity at the professional and amateur levels and Suzuki uses it as much for testing and development as for sales and marketing. Its championship-winning heritage and class-leading sales prove that this competitive activity is beneficial for Suzuki as well.
Mat Mladin, six-time AMA Superbike Champion, will race his No. 7 Suzuki GSX-R1000 in the premier AMA Pro American Superbike class for Team Rockstar Makita Suzuki. Tommy Hayden will race his No. 22 Rockstar Makita Suzuki GSX-R1000 in the same class. New team member Blake Young will round out the three-man Rockstar Makita Suzuki team in the AMA Pro American Superbike class.